There were many members of the Minnesota Vikings that played well in their 20-7 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. However, perhaps none stood out more than defensive end Danielle Hunter. He picked up three sacks of David Blough in the first half of the victory, and in the process became the youngest player in NFL history to reach the 50-sack plateau.
On Wednesday, he was recognized for his performance as he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.
This is the second time that Hunter has won an NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award. The first time came when the Vikings hosted the Lions last season. In 2018, when the Vikings played the Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium, he picked up 3.5 of the Vikings’ team-record 10 sacks and returned a Matthew Stafford fumble 32 yards for a touchdown.
Hunter is the fourth different player to be named an NFC Player of the Week this season. He joins Anthony Harris (NFC Defensive Player of the Week, Week 1), Dan Bailey (NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Weeks 5 and 8), and Dalvin Cook (NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Week 10).
Congratulations to Danielle Hunter on being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14!